Posted by Neil Paine on October 22, 2010
Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!
New Jersey Nets
Coach: Avery Johnson
Record: 12-70, Finished 5th in NBA Atlantic Division
Pythagorean W-L: 17-65 (30th of 30)
SRS: -8.93 (29th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 91.4 (24th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 100.6 (30th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 110.5 (25th of 30)
2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)
If the New Jersey Nets are going to want to beat teams, it is going to be on the inside on the offensive end. The New Jersey Nets have two above average offensive players in Brook Lopez and Troy Murphy, and maybe more importantly, they complement each other perfectly. Brook Lopez has a fantastic post game and he can face you up (from inside 10 feet) or he can back you down and hit you with a old school move. Troy Murphy is more of a shooter who can play the high post and keep doubles away from Brook. After pounding it inside, the Nets can kick it out to guys who can knock down threes, like Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw on the perimeter.
The Nets are really going to struggle on the defensive end. Out of their projected starting lineup (Harris, Morrow/T-Will, Outlaw, Murphy, and Lopez), there is only one competent defender amongst the group. Harris and Morrow were terrible defenders last year, and Troy Murphy and Brook Lopez might be the slowest PF/C center in the league. If the team buys into Coach Avery Johnson’s team defense style, they might have a chance. If not, they are going have to outscore people, and that is hard.